The apex court of India has given its verdict. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati will not be banned although the eligibility of screening lies in the hands of CBFC. The film has been going through a rough patch for a few months now and lack of support from political leadership has only worsened their situation. Their comments denouncing the film and claiming the distortion history is strongly condemned by the Supreme Court. "When the matter is pending the consideration of the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification), how can persons holding public offices comment on whether CBFC should issue certificate or not? That will prejudice the decision of the CBFC," the judges said.
This was not the first time SC turned down the request to ban multi-starrer Padmavati. Padmavati has been opposed by several top politicians who say that the film cannot be allowed to ‘distort history’ and offend the sentiments of Hindu groups. The Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have said they will not allow the movie to release even if it is cleared by the censor board.
The judges repeated that it is in the authority of the national censor board to review the film and make a decision on whether it is suitable for screening. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has denied reports that the movie suggests a romance between Rajput warrior queen Padmini and Alauddin Khilji, the Delhi sultan who was obsessed with her beauty. Filmmakers and artists have said that is a blatant violation of freedom of expression.
The Padmavati controversy has albeit pushed the envelope. The Karni Sena who led the protests against the film has threatened to harm Deepika Padukone who plays the lead role in the 190-cr movie.